Jamahal Hill is the new UFC light heavyweight champion after hammering 43-year-old Glover Teixeira into retirement after a five-round demolition.
The 31-year-old American delivered a career-best performance to slow down the teak-hard veteran at every turn.
He was overcome with emotion as the realization of his achievement dawned on him as a disappointed crowd poured out of Rio de Janeiro’s Jeunesse Arena.
Glover Teixeira (left) was brutally beaten against Jamahal Hill over five rounds
The new champion was overcome with emotion after claiming the vacant belt
Hill was superior to the 43-year-old veteran in almost every area of the fight
Hill said: “With hard work and dedication anything is possible, too many people told me I couldn’t do it, that it wasn’t possible. I had to fight to be here, to live, to have a chance, you can do anything if you’re willing to fight for it.’
While Teixeira was merciful in the loss, even escorting Hill out with him lest fans throw drinks and rockets at him like they did to Brandon Moreno in disgusting scenes after the co-main event.
The former champion announced his retirement, leaving his gloves in the cage as fellow Brazilian legends Mauricio Shogun Rua had done earlier in the evening.
“I’m too tough for my own good, my own health, it’s an honor to take off my gloves on the same night as Shogun,” he mused.
Teixeira retired after the fight, saying he was too tough for his own good
Hill will now wait and see who he will face next in his first title defense
Teixeira was merciful in defeat and congratulated the new champion as he was crowned
There was early encouragement for Hill in the first lap. He stuffed multiple takedown attempts and regularly landed heavy shots.
In the second, he delivered a concussive punch and Marc Goddard was about to intervene, only for Teixeira to somehow fight his way through and survive.
With a nasty wound in his eyebrow, he suffered through the third and the doctor allowed him to fight his way past the fourth despite his face being a bloody mess.
There was a brief glimmer of hope in the fifth as he took Hill to the ground and moved to mount before losing position and landing on his back.
The judges unanimously ruled the fight 50-44 in Hill’s favour.
Brandon Moreno (right) defeated Deiveson Figueiredo in the co-main event
Moreno regained the belt after losing it to the Brazilian last year
Moreno escaped that narrow early guillotine attempt that could end it
At the co-main event, Moreno was two rounds to one ahead on the scorecards when the Doctor refused to allow Figueiredo to come out for fourth place.
The Brazilian suffered a badly swollen eye which he believed was the result of an illegal eye prick but later turned out to be legitimate.
Moreno clinched the win in the first-ever quadrilogy in UFC history, and he deserved it by landing the harder punches in a thrilling back-and-forth between familiar foes.
Figueiredo signaled his intention to move up to bantamweight in a new chapter for him thereafter.
Jessica Andrade (right) hammered Lauren Murphy in an incredibly one-sided fight
Gilbert Burns (right) defeated Neil Magny with an impressive first-round submission
Scotland’s Paul Craig was beaten in the opener by Brazil’s Johnny Walker (right).
Elsewhere on the card, there was better news for the Brazilians, who got to enjoy their first pay-per-view card in four years.
Johnny Walker earned a first-round TKO win over Paul Craig in the opener. He landed a strong right hand when the Scot caught his leg and then continued with unorthodox clean punches to finish it off.
Jessica Andrade then hammered Lauren Murphy with three rounds so fearsome and dominant that many called for throwing in the towel.
And then Gilbert Burns made light work of Neil Magny, submitting him in the very first round with a head and arm choke.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/mma/article-11663079/Jamahal-Hill-dominates-Glover-Teixeira-five-BRUTAL-rounds-win-UFC-283.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Jamahal Hill dominates Glover Teixeira over five BRUTAL rounds to win at UFC 283